you are riding home in the car of someone you call friend but really isn't, getting in much too late from the most recent party/rave/get-together that undoubtedly required you to exchange money for mediocore memories. your teeth are furry and your makeup is smudged and a mood clings to you like the smell of mud and piss and ash, a mood your... Find Out More
Midwives Can Change The World by Mary
13 things my midwives did that were revolutionary:
1. Telling me I could be an amazing mother despite being a teen. ("Tell them the Virgin Mary was thirteen, Fuckyouverymuch" was Midwife #1's suggested response to critical looks, whispers and lectures.)
2. Telling me... Find Out More
Crazy Baby Shelley
by Lara Candland
There's this baby called Shelley. She crawls around with a big grin on her face and three crazy ponytails on her head. I've never seen a crawling baby with enough hair for three ponytails, but Shelley's got them. Shelley sits in her high chair and spreads bright yellow goop around from her mac... Find Out More
The Girlmom community is organizing to present a workshop at the US Social Forum along with SisterSong about reproductive health justice for young parents.
The US Social Forum (USSF) held in Atlanta Georgia from June 27 - July 1, 2007 is more than a conference, more than a networking bonanza, more than a reaction to war and repression.... Find Out More
Teenage pregnancy is not a "crisis" or "epidemic," like so many people would like us to believe. The only true epidemic associated with teen pregnancy is the overwhelming and universal lack of support available to young mothers. The only true crisis is the denial of the fact that teenage girls can be, are, and always have been, both sexual and maternal beings, with the capacity to love, procreate, and nurture.
We love our children fiercely. We protect and care for them like any mother, of any age, would. Through Girl-Mom, We hope to slowly show that to the world.
Girl-Mom in no way encourages teen pregnancy, as some critics have implied. Girl-Mom encourages mothers. We encourage all young women who have chosen to become mothers. We encourage all young mothers to stand up for themselves, to fight for their children, to empower themselves and to defy the notion that being young means that you are unworthy of parenthood.
We do not encourage childless teens to follow our path; face it, it's a tough path. But we encourage all teens that wake to the call of "mama!" before dawn breaks, to do all that they can to empower themselves and nurture their children. We encourage those who, through their own choices and freewill, have evolved from Girl to Girl-Mom. The girls who frequent this site are intelligent, strong, compassionate, socially aware, politically active, and eternally nurturing. Together, we will change the face of "teen parenthood."